Day 24! Yuletide! This Standard ink is a lovely teal-ish green with nice shading. Day 24: Yuletide And so we've made it to Christmas Eve. We're getting ready for a trip to Maryland, first to pick up SonnyeBoy and then to my sister's house (over the river and through the woods) for the annual Christmas Eve celebration. I'm so happy to be able to make this trip. All of us are vaxxed to the max,... Read more →

Black Ivy

Sheen!! Day 22 of Inkvent is Black Ivy, a deep green with a purple sheen. Day 22: Black Ivy It’s interesting to me how the paper can affect the look of the inks. I’ve been following a couple of YouTube pen enthusiasts who are posting videos on the Inkvent inks. Both show the Black Ivy base as more of a blue, but it sure looks green to me, so there you go. That purple sheen... Read more →


It's Day 21 of Inkvent! Today's ink is Wonderland. There's no wondering about this Standard ink - it's most definitely orange! The picture doesn't really show the full brightness of the orange-itude, so take my word for it. Day 21: Wonderland Speaking of orange, my favorite summer thirst quencher is an orange freeze; specifically, the Orange Freeze from the late, lamented Hot Shoppes. Oh my God, it was The. Best. It was kind of a... Read more →

Pink Ice

It’s Day 21 of Inkvent - time for some Pink Ice! This pink is not as Pepto Bismol-y as Party Time, but it also has an abundance of Shimmer. It definitely has some orange ancestry, but it’s very pretty and shiny. Day 20: Pink Ice So, the last few days I've noticed a distinct musty smell in my bathroom. I thought it just the litterbox - the cats leave some pretty heinous loads in there.... Read more →

Festive Joy

Festive Joy is a really rich purple ink for Day 19 of Inkvent. It’s a Standard ink, but it seems to have a touch of gold sheen. Day 19: Festive Joy Gorgeous! I went to a team offsite this past week in West Palm Beach, Florida. I know! Florida in December, what a chore! It’s the first time I’ve met my team all together in person. I quite liked it - it was a very... Read more →


I finally managed to get a reasonably decent picture of a Shimmer ink! This is Subzero, Day 18 of Inkvent. Day 18: Subzero But in case you can't see all that sparkle, here's a closeup. Sparkle Plenty! What a lovely turquoise! I have just the pen for it, too - the pen that really got me started on this obsession hobby - the Barbados, from Birmingham Pens. Crabby Shows Off the Barbados Or might that... Read more →


There’s always a place for a classic blue like Thunderbolt, today’s Standard Inkvent ink. Day 17: Thunderbolt This ink is a vibrant cobalt blue that takes me back to grade school, where we were required to use Sheaffer fountain pens with Sheaffer ink cartridges in blue or black. Speaking of blue, meet Marvin, my little blue teddy bear. He’s faded now, almost gray, but originally he was a beautiful sky blue. To be fair, Marvin... Read more →

Vintage Copper

Ah, a beautiful Shimmer ink for Day 16 of Inkvent: Vintage Copper! Day 16: Vintage Copper Is it Red Robin with glitter? Well, maybe, but oh, that shimmer sets it apart for sure. So Shimmery! Speaking of copper, my Mom owned a set a copper-bottom Revere Ware pots and pans. Every time she used one of the pieces, which was pretty much every single day, she polished the copper bottom until it glowed. Patina didn’t... Read more →

Night Shade

The shades of night are falling fast - at least for Day 15 of Inkvent, which brings us Night Shade. I find it rather soothing. Do you see it as blue or purple? I see it as a dusty blue, kind of a Williamsburg blue. Other Inkvent people have seen it as purple. A blue-ish purple, perhaps? Day 15: Night Shade Hmm. Night Shade - is it deadly? Well, it's pretty, anyway. Speaking of deadly... Read more →